Provinces

Misamis Occidental Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Misamis Occidental is a province located in the region of Northern Mindanao in the Philippines. Its capital is the city of Oroquieta. Bounded on three directions by bodies of water, Misamis Occidental is known to its neighbors for beautiful waters and bountiful fish and seafood for export. Misamis Occidental offers broad amenities and pervading culture and heritage, and inspiring pilgrimage.

LOCATION

Misamis Occidental

Coordinates: 8°20′N 123°42′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Misamis Occidental
Location:
8°20′N 123°42′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1929
Capital:
Oroquieta
Area:
2,055.22 km2 (793.52 sq mi)
Population:
617,400
Density:
290/km2 (760/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
X
Cities & Towns:
3 Component cities, 14 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Occidental Misamisnon
Elevation:
(Mount Malindang) 2,404 m (7,887 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
7200–7215
Area code:
+63 -(088)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
Second Class
Religion(s):
70% Roman Catholic, 20% Aglipayan Church
Language(s):
Cebuano, Subanen, English
Known For:
Beautiful waters and bountiful fish and seafood for export.
Major Industries:
Fishing, Agriculture (coconut, rice, abaca, coffee, cacao, rubber), Manufacturing (coconut products, furniture, ceramics)
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
Year-round
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Seaport(s):
Jimenez Port | Ozamiz Port | Plaridel Port
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
Website:

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is classified as tropical. The rainfall in Misamis Occidental is significant, with precipitation even during the driest month. This location is classified as Af by Köppen and Geiger.

It’s ok to visit the province any time of the year.

The most appropriate clothing in this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Misamis Occidental Province Map

The Misamis Occidental province is divided into 14 Municipalities, 3 Component Cities:

  • Aloran
  • Baliangao
  • Bonifacio
  • Calamba
  • Clarin
  • Concepcion
  • Don Victoriano Chiongbian
  • Jimenez
  • Lopez Jaena
  • Oroquieta
  • Ozamiz
  • Panaon
  • Plaridel
  • Sapang Dalaga
  • Sinacaban
  • Tangub
  • Tudela

ISLANDS

There are 5 outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Misamis Occidental which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Bawbawon Island
  • Cabgan Island
  • Naburos Island
  • Naputhao Island
  • New Cartagena
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Misamis Occidental province: 

  • Baga Falls
  • Caluya Shrine
  • Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel Adventure Park
  • Kawa Hot Bath and Spa
  • Maloro Cove
  • Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park
  • Mount Malindang Range Natural Park
  • Museo Handurawan
  • Naomi’s Botanical Garden
  • Sapang Dalaga Falls
  • Siloy Man Made Lake
  • St. John the Baptist Church
  • Sunrise Beach

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Misamis Occidental throughout the year:

  • Langaranan Festival (September 10) – Plaridel

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Misamis Occidental province.

Where in the Philippines is Misamis Occidental located?
Misamis Occidental is located on Northern Mindanao.

Is Misamis Occidental a city or province?
Misamis Occidental is a province.

What is the Capital of Misamis Occidental?
The capital of Misamis Occidental is Oroquieta.

What is Misamis Occidental famous or known for?
Misamis Occidental is famous for beautiful waters and bountiful fish, and seafood for export.

How do I get to Misamis Occidental?
There are several ways to get to Misamis Occidental, the most common being from Manila:

  • Plane | 1.75 hours | $60-$200
  • Bus ferry to Cagayan de Oro | 5 hours | $42-$60 + Bus ferry to Ozamiz | 5.5 hours | $6-$10
  • You can fly to an alternate airport (Pagadian or Dipolog), however you will have to take a bus or van to get to Ozamiz. Travel time will be shorter but the cost will be significantly more.

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How many islands are in Misamis Occidental?
There are 5 islands in the Misamis Occidental province.

What does Misamis Occidental mean?
Misamis is believed to have been derived from the Subanen word “kuyamis” which is a variety of coconut, the staple food of the early settlers.

How Safe is Traveling in Misamis Occidental?
Misamis Occidental is generally safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in Misamis Occidental the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Misamis Occidental province is considered tropical with significant amount of rainfall even during the driest month.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below…

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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